|V/A - Wein, Weib und Gesang [kpu072] - V/A|
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five hours in length, these s...
Downloads: 83,477 (5 reviews)
|V/A - Kikapu Gold Standard [kpu050] - v/a|
This compilation disc was originally released in the fall of 2003, and went out of print in early 2005. Since this release was a big giant 'thank you' to all of the wonderful artists we've met along the way of this site's inception and many variations, we thought now that the actual cd's have sold out we should make it available for free downloads. So thanks especially to all of you who bought the cd originally, and for those of you who are hearing it now for the first time, please enjoy.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|mikeverde  - mikeverde|
A boy, his bong and a monosynth.
|Dub Jay - Mai EP [kpu048] - Dub Jay|
The Kikapu-Ohio link grows even stronger with this latest release from our friend Warren Sulcs, otherwise known as Dub Jay. You might remember Warren from his remix on the algorhythm ep we released here last winter (kpu.027); consider that remix a warm-up for what you are about to hear now. The Mai EP is actually a sort of collaboration between Dub Jay and a few of his close friends. Contributors include Pat Kabat on clarinet, Geoff Kelly on didgeridoo and tapping, and Steve Neola adding some of...
Downloads: 12,242 (4 reviews)
|Leonard J. Paul - The Corporation Soundtrack [kpu101] - Leonard J. Paul|
Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu...
Downloads: 46,868 (2 reviews)
|Randomajestiq - Spclab9 EP [kpu024] - Randomajestiq|
Russian cosmonauts Randomajestiq (Vladimir Hropov and Andrew Kolochinski) make their Kikapu debut in fine fashion with this EP. Masters of complex, multi-layered post-industrial electronics, Randomajestiq formed in 1998 with the goal of conquering the world with melodic IDM and high-quality engineering. Listening to Randomajestiq is like riding in an electro-Cadillac; you chill in the back and let the drivers do the work for you...
|Pocka - Devoured By A Shark [kpu075] - Pocka|
We've reached another small milestone with our 75th release, a collection of random Pocka tracks that have been sitting on our hard drive for the better part of a year or more. These tracks were primarily produced during 2004 in the wilds of Vancouver, BC, though a few gems from 2003 sneaked their way into this release as well. How to sum up these tracks? Well, it really is quite random, everything from droning ambience to acoustic guitar pop to ragga mashups to a slew of remixes and reinterpret...
|roto visage - der golem [kpu087] - roto visage|
This highly abstract release from Kikapu newcomer, roto visage, is mostly minimal, yet in some instances dense, containing layer upon layer of bleak, disturbing and desolate soundscapes. His debut album, "der golem," can be closely aligned with dark ambient yet moves away from the genre with its organic, meditative explorations. The inherent isolation within the tracks is at times uncomfortable, a forced introspection, but quickly sinks into a dark solitude, as though anything beyond melancholy ...
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient; Noise
Downloads: 24,458 (1 review)
|Glomag - The Axis And The Alloy [kpu029] - Glomag|
Glomag is Chris Burke, a sound and web designer based in New York City. His first Kikapu release, "The Axis and The Alloy," is a series of fragmentations in which the original sample material is sometimes glimpsed only fleetingly, and sometimes left standing unscathed in the midst of new electronic constructions. Chris Burke's previous work with his band Glorified Magnified and his solo releases "Idioglossia" and "Oil War" were the breeding ground from which this more fragmented style emerges...
|MonoCulture - Real Anarchists Cross With The Light [kpu081] - MonoCulture|
Hippocamp alumnus MonoCulture, who goes by the name of Nick Eymann in the non-digital world, is known around the net.label scene for his amazing production values interwoven with some of the tightest rhythm work and most superb melodies ever heard in the IDM genre. MonoCulture definitely doesn't disappoint on this long-tracker EP; the remarkable use of vocal samples and granulized ambiences along with the aformentioned elements brings MonoCulture's output to a whole new level.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Downloads: 16,848 (1 review)
|Paiyatuma - Arriving at Night in Ithaca [kpu114] - Paiyatuma|
“Arriving At Night In Ithaca” chronicles an imaginary nocturnal sea journey – imagine you are the sailor Ulysses, coming home after many years of travel. Wind instruments such as the bottle and flute play predominant roles in the composition, and no synthesizers were used, to emphasize its timeless qualities. “Paiyatuma” is a wind instrument project of Thomas Park and Shane Morris. The duo incorporate a variety of wind instruments including trombone, flute, and found sounds such as bot...
Downloads: 1,671 (2 reviews)
|Dub Jay - Songs For A Room [kpu055] - Dub Jay|
Warren Sulcs is following up his highly successful past Kikapu release with this new four-track EP of mellow ambience. Stylistically different, yet artistically similar, these new tracks show a different side to Dub Jay than what Kikapu listeners have experienced in the past; this time around the focus is on experimental textures wrapped around ambient rhythms and synthetic pads. Entirely beautiful throughout, we hope everyone grabs these new tracks from Dub Jay.
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient
Downloads: 4,223 (2 reviews)
|The System Boot - Feather Shredder EP [kpu006] - The System Boot|
The sixth official Kikapu release is from Memphis, Tennessee artist The System Boot, otherwise known as Allen Morrisson. Though he has been tinkering with electronic music for over a decade, this is only his second release under this moniker, and his first for Kikapu. This exclusive EP delves into more experimental territory than Allen's previous works, and encompasses the styles of IDM, ambient, industrial, glitch, post rock, and classic video game chip tunes.
|roto visage - la muse cachée [kpu099] - roto visage|
file under: dark ambience, elegance, density roto visage returns with another incredible full-length of dark, experimental ambience, titled la muse cachée. For this, our 99th release, roto visage takes you into the darkest recesses of your mind, and won't let go. Really fantastic stuff, frightening at times, serene at others. This is a must-listen.
Keywords: dark ambient; experimental
|Transient - No War EP [kpu040] - Transient|
Self-imposed workaholic Carl Martin has been writing tracker-based music since his early teen years, and is most familiar to the world of electronic music as TBTMO stronghold Transient. He kicks it uptempo with a smile on his face on this Kikapu EP; all of these tracks are very fun atmospheric breakbeat monsters, and every now and then this release speeds up and gets crazy on you, then slows down and chills out...
Downloads: 5,196 (1 review)
|Evan Valentine - Ekiv EP [kpu063] - Evan Valentine|
Taking the less is more approach, Evan Valentine's debut Kikapu release is eight tracks, some of them collaborative, of beautiful melodic IDM with a twist of some video game-ish melodies and incredibly complex percussion patterns. While most tracks hover around the two-minute mark, Mr. Valentine does a wonderful job of making his point with the sounds available to him, and not over-packing them with too many layers...
|Karl Zeiss - Nachtzeit [kpu003] - Karl Zeiss|
The mysterious Karl Zeiss produces another meticulously clean stream of shiny metallic beats with 'Nachtzeit'. It is known that Karl Zeiss controls the machinery of the night time with a massive array of electronic equipment. Other releases from Karl Zeiss include 'Karo' on the Red Antenna [Assembled] compilation and an upcoming track on The New Electric Policy vol. 2, also from Red Antenna.
|Pocka - There's No Business LIke Propa' Rungleclotted Mashup Bizznizz [kpumix004] - Pocka|
Downloads: 159 (1 review)
|Overdose Kunst - Autopoiesis [kpu104] - Overdose Kunst|
file under: Japanese experimentation, abstract, noise Great new release today from the Japanese duo Overdose Kunst, entitled 'Autopoiesis.' Five tracks of experimental abstractions, moments of noise and chaos interspersed with moments of pure beauty. Not to be missed.
Keywords: experimental; abstract; noise; ambient
Downloads: 4,717 (2 reviews)
|adcBicycle - EP [kpu094] - adcBicycle|
One of our most intricately stunning releases to date, the debut EP from Canada's adcBicycle is nothing short of astonishing; a joining of what seems like hundreds of various samples - from vocals to instruments to field recordings - and intensely complex, live instrumentation and improvisation lead to one of the most incomparable and original albums ever recorded. The pure genius and musicianship of the artist reaches out of every tune to wave a big smiling hello to every single listener...
Keywords: idm; electronic; post-rock
Downloads: 24,690 (6 reviews)
|Roto Visage - La coquille et le clergyman [kpu111]|
The sounds of Roto Visage seep into the celluloid and flicker with the moving images of what has been argued as being the first surrealist film, Antonin Artaud and Germaine Dulac's La coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928). Implementing a phantasmagorical approach towards construction, a boundless number of sound sources and arrangement techniques were fused together to create this soundtrack...
|Kaneel and Tao - Monochrome [kpu018] - Kaneel and Tao|
Tao: Paris-based electronica artist. Trying to melt various influences from early jazz to hip hop passing through dub into a soft and quite naive and melodic idm/electronica style music. Kaneel: Rouen, France-based ambient/electronica artist. Making music since June.99, searching for making some nice and understandable vibes mixing to it some insected beats and retriged effects you can name: 'ambientish insectified retriged soft mellowish idm.'
Downloads: 11,280 (2 reviews)
|WNY - 108 Suns - WNY|
You know WNY. Don’t pretend like you don’t. WNY has been a friend to Kikapu for nearly a decade, and has released some of our most highly-revered albums to date. You may remember him from past releases under different aliases such as Spark and Winnie the Shit. Ring a bell? That’s right…I knew you would remember. For his latest EP release, WNY continues down his path of hardware and synth-driven electronics, skittering along the edge of true acid jams at times...
|Silmu - Drum Machine And Slick Rush [kpu028] - Silmu|
Kikapu's good friend, Silmu, has been biding his time in Finland, waiting for the most opportune moment to strike you net.fans out there. He has arrived at the perfect time, with two new tracks for your listening pleasure. Silmu is an electronic artist known for his collaborative work with Mallisto, as well as his solo efforts. This release finds him teaming up with vocalist Keiju on one track, and manning the controls by himself on the other...
|Gen_Des_Com - Ready State Machinery [kpu007] - Gen_Des_com|
Welcome to the exhibition, folks. The General Design Commission, aka Gen_Des_Com, aka Red Antenna label-head James Reeves, seeks the clicks of the office, the clangs of the factory, and occasional moments of diplomatic melody. The rationality of his new EP has a seductiveness that operates as a kind of subterfuge, threatening to obscure the human cost of industrialization. Or so they say.
|Veem - Station [kpu058] - Veem|
Kicking off a month of ambient releases here at Kikapu, newcomer Veem bring us seven delicate tracks of beautiful ambient soundscapes. Reminiscent of some of our past ambient releases, these songs are quite spacey, dreamy, and often just slightly drifting along at times, flowing into one another quite nicely. Its headphone-listening at its best.
|Mike Verde - Hypocenter [kpu074] - Mike Verde|
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs...
Downloads: 12,492 (2 reviews)
|Ten and Tracer - Fourth Lake [kpu004] - Ten and Tracer|
Colorado-based artist Ten and Tracer, aka Jonathan Canupp, taps into the emotional side of music, implementing smooth melodies that lazily float into your brain and back out again. His use of subtle, yet beautiful breaks, rhythms, and melody lines enforce this idea and takes the listener on a down tempo journey. This EP contains two exclusive tracks, plus two alternate versions of tracks that are on his album 'An Hour Brighter' on U-Cover.
|souns - scenarios for the real self [kpu085] - souns|
'scenarios for the real self' was originally released on breaking tension music some time in 2003. it was the ninth release for breaking tension music, limited edition with homemade packaging, made available at one of the first 'environments' events (live ambient series, vancouver, bc). all of the material was created using an ATARI computer, AKAI S950 sampler, YAMAHA FX500 guitar effects unit and a YAMAHA MD8 multi-track recorder...
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|Telegraphy - 0 dbm - Telegraphy|
Experimentations in sounds of shortwave. 0 dBm is a concept E.P. from Detroit producer Telegraphy (Richard Sudney). The concept being, combining in real time, audio of shortwave signals from which a vintage vacuum tube communications receiver is used as a back drop for Telegraphy's minimal dub'ed sound-scapes. This receiver, with it's etheric property's not found in today's solid state electronics, captures outer worldly tonalities and energies...
|Aidan Baker & Ben Fleury-Steiner - Second Week of the Second Month [kpu107] - Aidan Baker & Ben Fleury-Steiner|
file under: guitar duos, dark ambient, abstracted electric drones We have a fantastic and much-anticipated new release available today from two of our favorite solo artists - Aidan Baker and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner - collaborating here for 'Second Week of the Second Month.' All the sounds in these four tracks are composed entirely from the electric guitar and it's amazing what these two artists can get out of a single sound source.
Keywords: ambient; dark ambient; abstract; drone; experimental; guitar
|Veem - The Return [kpu106] - Veem|
file under: analogue ambient, modular mayhem, deep space journey Our latest release comes from old-schooler Veem, aptly titled 'The Return.' Eight tracks of deep analogue pads mixed w/ modular fun, it harkens back to Veem's previous work with us; at times dark yet overall uplifting and pulling you up into the cosmos.
Keywords: ambient; electronic; analog; modular; synth; space; dark ambient
Downloads: 5,602 (1 review)
|Gustav Bjorklind - Bok [kpu033] - Gustav Bjorklind|
The Swedish takeover of Kikapu continues with our latest release from Gustav BjÃ¶rklind. This release is in a bit of a different direction from what you might call a past discernable "Kikapu sound" with a definite microsound influence. Gustav claims Miles Davis, Kompakt, and coffee as an influence for these tracks, and it shows. Abstract techno with minimal clicks and cuts for breaks, these tracks are a great example of Gustav's style and a very welcome addition to the Kikapu catalogue.
|Kikapu Podcast 003 - Kikapu Podcast|
Our third podcast features tracks from Sex Enemy, APM, William S. Braintree, Pocka, Winnie The Shit, Hapbt, and notech.
|Karaoke Tundra - Residence [kpu068] - Karaoke Tundra|
Karaoke Tundra is Victor Tverdochlebov, a musician based in Slovakia, who focuses on a melding of technologies between computerized digitalics and cut-up found sounds. His music is akin to a multitude of microsound artists, as these songs roll along with a smattering of clicks, cuts, beeps, and glitches. But what really separates Karaoke Tundra apart from the rest of the crowd is his innate ability to get your body moving with the funk and hip-hop vibe he creates with all of his available sound ...
|Satellite Grooves - Soundscapes Of Filtered Stars [kpu017] - Satellite Grooves|
Head of the music label Slide The Needle, John Kale sends bleeps, blips, and bloops, from his bedroom to your eagerly awaiting ears. Growing up through hardcore rock bands to the world of electronic compositions, the Satellite Grooves sound is an amalgam of spacious pads, chill melodies, and analog electronics. Satellite Grooves is often compared to Morr Music, E*Vax, B. Fleischmann, and possibly our good friend Phasmid...
|Vagskal - Springtimes [kpu065] - Vagskal|
It is always an exciting situation when an artist intentionally decides to take a slight detour from what we would think of as their usual sound, or 'voice' if you will. While usually genuine in it's approach, this experimentation in styles can often lead to a compromised product that is not up to their previous standards. Sweden's vÃ¤gskÃ¤l rises above these inconsistent attempts at broadening one's inventiveness with this new four-track EP of uptempo electro-pop...
|Hapbt - Apocalypse Later [kpu042] - Hapbt|
Clint Anderson has been producing music for nearly a decade now, starting off in the familiar territory of tracking at his home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and slowly working his way into other realms of software and hardware production. His analog-designed soundscapes are usually on edge, with a hint of drum n' bass and techno present as well; these tracks range from in-your-face electronics to slow melodic ambient pieces.
|Reconstructing Richard - Fun Rabbit Facts [kpu016] - Reconstructing Richard|
Definitely the most interesting release we've offered yet, here lies an EP by Reconstructing Richard. Four songs of pure 4-bit Gameboy madness. While we here at Kikapu have always been fans of the chip-music permeating the waves of the interweb, this is our first full release of microtunes. And that's not all! We are also offering you a wonderful opportunity to eavesdrop on some remixes of original Reconstructing Richard material reinterpreted by twelve different artists, some who are kikapu mai...
Downloads: 2,808 (1 review)
|Algorhythm - The Contingency EP [kpu027] - algorhythm|
A split-label release with algorhythm's own No Logo Records, this long-awaited debut EP from Akron, Ohio's Joel MacClellan is now available here at Kikapu. A non-teleological work ranging from droney ambience to down tempo glitch to experimental breaks, algorhythm's music is a harsh reserve of abstractness with an emotional edge. Also included in this release are two remixes of the third cut on this release, 'phahkt;' a hardcore breaks mix by Vulcanizer and a mellow down tempo remix by DubJay...
|Eric Laurence - Broken Vision [kpu054] - Eric Laurence|
A new concise sixteen minute EP comes down from the rolling pastures of Illinois in the form of this new collection of tracks by the unofficial Kikapu tour manager, Eric Laurence. Mr. Laurence has been here since the beginning, and he keeps coming back to throw more sample-laden tracks at our faithful listeners. The first and third cuts of this EP are aural soundscapes featuring beautifully haunting vocal samples from a Russian vocalist, while the second and fourth tracks are more straight-ahea...
Downloads: 6,221 (1 review)
|Reconstructing Richard - Demeon [kpu043] - Reconstructing Richard|
kh9dERw0n is back at Kikapu with another huge helping of chiptunes. Reconstructing Richard has offered another four track EP that comes with a super-duper collection of remixes of his track "Balance Boy" by a wide variety of artists. On this release you'll hear a mix of video game-influenced noise, techno, melodica, experimental, down tempo, idm, and any other genre that you can come up with. Each remix is different in its own right, making this release undefinable and all-over-the-place...
|pino the frog - seed comma axiom [kpu080] - pino the frog|
Well-known net.label artist pino the frog, with past notable releases on both Nishi and Please Do Something, offers his first Kikapu release in the form of a remarkable EP that is one half originals, and one half remixes. The first half of the release consists of remixes of Carl Kruger originals by pino himself. These tracks are on an experimental plane with hints of ambience flirting around the percussive elements of the tracks...
Downloads: 5,398 (1 review)
|Winterstrand - Oh shit, versteh ich nicht [kpu079] - Winterstrand|
Winterstrand consists of three brothers originally from southern Austria, and now residing in Berlin and Vienna. Their music contains some of the most perfectly beautiful melodies your aural cavities will ever have the pleasure of sensing. Not only that, their output ranges from soundscapes to breaks and loose rhythms, intertwined with analogue keyboards, acoustic instruments, and playful vocal samples...
|Vesa-Pekka - EP [kpu052] - Vesa-Pekka|
This amazingly beautiful EP from 24-year old Finnish newcomer Vesa-Pekka contains just over twenty minutes of deep emotional electronics, fresh with sweeping synth pads, bubbling rhythmic lines, and lovely melodies. Taking slight cues from his past experiences playing tenor saxophone in a free-jazz environment, here Vesa-Pekka focuses his energy on electronic sequencing and the formation of more structured songs, and not as much "throwing paint on the walls" as he so eloquently puts it...
Downloads: 1,243 (1 review)
|Stud - Phicusology [kpu021] - Stud|
Stud is back from the frigid corners of Siberia, this time with a long-tracker EP of new material exclusive to Kikapu. He comes from the school of keeping tracks short and to the point, as none of the tracks present herein eclipse the three minute mark. But unlike other artists who write short tracks making you the listener feel cheated, Stud's tracks are so complex and honest that each piece feels like it has run its length and is fully complete...
|Jizzello - The Epoch EP [kpu002] - Jizzello|
Distorted techno breaks, dirty south-influenced electro-hop, and chirpy down tempo.
|r_garcia - Gluteus.Freq [kpu041] - r_garcia|
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and b...
Downloads: 24,256 (3 reviews)
|Mystified and Dan Minoza - The Pipers of Pluto [kpu113] - Mystified and Dan Minoza|
"The Pipers Of Pluto" is, in part, a collaboration. The longest tracks, the second and last, were created organically from long source sounds supplied by guitarist/musician Dan Minoza. The first track is a short acoustic piece by mystified. Other tracks are also by mystified - one uses only a kazoo as a basis, while the other use a simple nose flute as its only source. Don't let the use of kazoo and nose flute deter you! "Pipers" presents an intense, dark, shifting experience - the musicianship ...
|evan valentine - sinister device [kpu103] - evan valentine|
file under: idm, breakbeats, rocking out Happy Valentine's Day from Kikapu! Since we love you so much, we have a special present for you today: a new full-length album from none other than Evan Valentine himself! It's called 'sinister device' and this album is a masterwork of tight breakbeats and IDM stylings. It's been sitting on the shelf for awhile, and it's debut is long overdue. Thanks to E. Valentine for the wonderful release and remember that we heart you...
Keywords: IDM; Breakbeats